175 lb Daytime Swordfish caught offshore Fort Lauderdale, FloridaPosted on: February 21, 2009
On Friday afternoon, the Lady Pamela II set sail with a family from Italy and a full day of fishing. We headed out Port Everglades trolling for Mahi – Mahi and Wahoo (we slipped in a Marlin bait just for fun). Fishing was quiet in the morning, not much was around. It was time to switch things up a bit and go for Plan B. We ventured off into Swordfish grounds, 15 miles offshore. When we reached our destination of 1800 ft of water, we put one bait on the bottom, another bait 100 feet down and a live pilchard dancing on the surface for by catch. We made three drops before we got the first bite of the day. It was a great bite, it hit the bait three times before the rod bent over. When a Swordfish takes the bait, there isn’t any rush in the world to match it. This Swordfish was an incredibly strong fighter, as it took brutal runs and intensive dives from the deep. After a 45 minute battle and numerous pass off’s, our anglers reeled in a 66″ fork Swordfish, weighing in at 175 lbs. Yup, it was as big as our 5’5 ft angler.
Sea ya on the water…
Captain David Ide